DC Prescription Pill Laws

Illegal sales, possession, or use of prescription pills are a serious crime that can result in felony charges, which are punishable by criminal consequences such as imprisonment and/or criminal fines. If you are stopped by the police while you are in possession of drugs, it is likely that you will be arrested and charged with possession of controlled drugs—whether the drugs are yours or not. If you’re age 17 or under, the police are allowed to tell your parent, guardian, or caregiver that you’ve been caught.

The punishment for drug possession depends on the class of drug; the amount of drugs found; where you are found (if you are close to a school or youth club, the court can give you a higher sentence); and your previous history, such as previous crimes and any previous drug offenses.

What’s the law?
What happens when you break the law?
Crimes involving possession of drugs without a prescription and without intent to distribute may result in misdemeanor charges.
Fines and up to one year of imprisonment.
It’s illegal to possess large amounts of drugs and distribute or sell drugs in DC.
Fines up to $10,000
Prison sentences from 2 years to up to 20 years.
Repeat offenses will also result in more serious penalties.